Links for Families & Educators
Learning and Fun at Home
A crowdsourced document listing education companies that are offering free subscriptions during school closures.
For as long as schools are closed, Audible is offering free instant streaming of a collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help kids continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids. All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet.
A roundup of resources for learning at home
Children's Book Council
The new CBC resource page is now available and contains links directly to publisher websites to easily access and learn more about the amazing children's and young adult books and activities they have to offer.
Common Sense Media
Compiled list of activities including scheduled and available all the time. Various activities provided including virtual tours, digital books/stroytimes, kid-safe games, art, and music.
Lesson plan resources and activities as well as webinars. A free acount is needed.
Character drawing tutorials. Likely better for older kids as the characters are fairly detailed.
Resources for early math learning at home & Fun math activities
Free daily math and writing workbooks for elementary students.
Free science activities and materials that address public health topics around COVID-19 in addition to general science support activities and materials.
Khan Academy offers exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material. They are also hosting daily (weekdays) 9 am PST/12 EST live streams on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for students, parents, and teachers navigating school closures, and have created several guides for parents and teachers.
A "roadmap" to help parents keep their children on track while school is closed.
Learning Policy Institute
Learning in a time of COVID - online resources for educators, online learning resources for parents, social emotional learning, supporting students with exceptional needs, supporting English learners
Bordedom Buster activity plan.
Look to Libraries
Booklists, podcasts, and other resources gathered by the American Library Association.
This curriculum, normally reserved for teachers and behind a paywall, is now free for parents, giving access to videos, interactive maps and activities that encourage students to explore everything from ecology to geography.
New American History
New American History is a sophisticated offering of history materials tailored for grades 4 upward aimed at history teachers.
PBS is offering numerous education resources through PBS LearningMedia for PreK-12 educators. Virus Information & Prevention Collection teaches the nature of viruses, including the coronavirus, how they are transmitted and the healthy habits to prevent their spread. Distance learning resources are searchable by grade level, curriculum area, and state and national standards. These free teaching resources can be integrated with Google Classroom and Remind.
Zearn is an engaging math site with classroom lessons gamified and adaptive to the user. Tutorial webinars are provided on how to navigate the site.
Virtual Tours: Museums, Zoos, and More
Compiled links to art galleries, museums, art experiences, classical concerts, operas, plays, ballets, cultural sites, and zoos.
Good House Keeping
Compiled list of 30 free online tours of museumes, zoos, and theme parks
Talking About COVID and Emotional Health
Child Mind Institute
Child Mind Institute is an independent, national nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. Teams work every day to deliver the highest standards of care, advance the science of the developing brain and empower parents, professionals and policymakers to support children when and where they need it most. Daily resources, discussions, and best science-based practices of care for your children during COVID-19 can be found on the website and on social media platforms.
Fred Rogers Center
The Fred Rogers Center is the official home of the Fred Rogers Archive as well as a straightforward, understanding, and compassionate voice for the healthy development of children. Resources from the Fred Rogers Center in addition to partner organizations can be found here for parents, caregivers, and for those of you looking for ways to create learning opportunities and structure for children.
Free eBooks about COVID-19
The New York City School Library system has compiled a list of online books for children about COVID-19, including books in multiple languages and even a special "Princess in Black" book!
Harvard Graduate School of Education
Confronting the Coronavirus Outbreak: An ongoing series about how schools and families can respond to change and disruption, build resilience, and help young people learn and thrive at home
National Association of School Psychologists
Resources to help schools and districts provide supports for their students and community, including "Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource"
A collection of resources for parents and others
Full-text 24-page book for children about the coronavirus from the publisher
As schools, students, teachers, families and communities plan for and experience closures, Student Voice is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we sort through this unprecedented situation together.